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  • Hammond doctor pleads guilty in Medicare fraud scheme

    April 23, 2015 3:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Justice Department says a doctor from Hammond has pleaded guilty in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. Sixty-two-year-old Winston Murray, the operator of a Hammond clinic, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance in New Orleans. Murray admitted writing home health care referrals for... more »
  • Sentencing panel adjusts penalties for economic crimes

    April 9, 2015 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to adopt changes to the guidelines that judges use in sentencing white-collar criminals. The changes approved Thursday affect sentences in fraud cases. They're designed in part to ensure that minor participants in fraud schemes are given different sentences than the crimes' ringleaders.... more »
  • Monroe grocery store owner pleads guilty to benefits fraud

    April 3, 2015 11:44 AM

    MONROE - A Monroe grocery store owner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide cash and ineligible items to SNAP and WIC recipients in exchange for their benefits. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said 60-year-old Allen Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminal conspiracy and one count... more »
  • New Orleans woman pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

    April 2, 2015 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman has pleaded not guilty to charges her home health care company bilked Medicare for millions of dollars in fraudulent services. Lisa Crinel entered her plea Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael North. Prosecutors allege Crinel's Abide Home Care Services operated a kickback scheme... more »
  • Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan scheme

    March 30, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source has been sentenced to 10 years. Retired New York agent Robert Lustyik Jr. was sentenced Monday in Salt Lake City. Federal Judge Tena Campbell said... more »
  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    March 27, 2015 1:23 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • Couple charged with defrauding Medicaid

    February 27, 2015 3:33 AM

    BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
  • Another tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

    February 27, 2015 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
  • Some charges dropped against Livingston contractor

    February 19, 2015 11:23 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Some charges against contractor Corey Delahoussaye were dropped Thursday. Delahoussaye is accused of over-billing Livingston Parish for work related to Hurricane Gustav clean up. Twenty-two of the 81 counts against him were dropped by the district attorney in the area. The dropped charges are related to... more »
  • Warrant issued for man accused in voter fraud scheme check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2015 4:19 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A bench warrant was issued today for a man accused in a voter fraud scheme as recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter tried to keep her seat. Today, the entire case was turned over to the District Attorney's office. Last week, Larry Profit was taken out of the courthouse... more »
  • State reports flood of false tax returns check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2015 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana revenue officials said they've discovered more than 2,000 attempts to file fraudulent tax returns through popular tax software this year. The Department of Revenue said 2,011 returns filed through Intuit / TurboTax have been filed as fraudulent. "To our knowledge, our systems at the... more »
  • Man charged for thousands in fraud

    January 31, 2015 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Virginia man faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands in illegally obtained state income tax refunds. Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, Virginia, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to... more »
  • Woman accused in prison tax fraud scheme

    January 16, 2015 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges against a New Orleans woman who's accused of filing false state tax returns for a number of people, including some prison inmates. Investigators charged Thelma Jean Lee with multiple felonies for filing 38 faked tax returns and getting thousands of dollars in refunds... more »
  • Professor among 4 fired in UNC academic fraud

    December 31, 2014 12:33 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina's top official says the Chapel Hill school is firing a professor who once led the faculty there for her role in the academic fraud scandal that's rocked the state's flagship public university. University Chancellor Carol Folt said in a letter Wednesday that... more »
  • US: Man pleads guilty in oil spill fraud case

    December 4, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with claims arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors said English worked as... more »
  • Lafayette man arrested in benefits fraud

    November 25, 2014 5:56 AM

    LAFAYETTE - State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income. During their investigation, state police say it was discovered that 47-year-old Alan Jude... more »
  • Hammond man sentenced for stolen identity refund fraud

    November 20, 2014 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Hammond man accused of stealing identities to file bogus tax returns was sentenced to more than two year in prison on Thursday morning. 32-year-old Darrell Harland was ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the I.R.S. and sentenced to 32 months in prison... more »
  • 2 sentenced in $258 million Medicare fraud scheme

    November 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Justice Department says the operator of community health centers in Baton Rouge and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston have been sentenced in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme. The sentences were handed down Friday in federal court in... more »
  • Former Bossier Parish sheriff, 2 others indicted

    September 25, 2014 7:35 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A federal grand jury has indicted former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen and two owners of Blakey Auto Plex LLC in connection with an alleged scheme to enrich themselves through their handling of a public vehicle. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says the indictment lists Deen and co-defendants Clinton... more »
  • Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    September 12, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
  • Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

    September 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    RICHMOND, VA - A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" kept coming... more »
  • Man wanted for contractor fraud charges

    September 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Police are on the search for a man accused of fraud with contractor fraud this summer. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Neal Joseph Laperouse, 51, for taking money from two clients without performing the work. Investigators say Laperouse also has warrants for... more »
  • Psychiatrist sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    August 26, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
  • 3 Monroe women plead guilty in fraud scheme

    August 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    MONROE - Three Monroe grocery store workers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Wednesday 27-year-old Angela Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy before... more »
  • Beauty queen busted for being a fraud

    August 13, 2014 7:50 PM

    RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA- A woman who was videotaped walking the runway in a beauty pageant was busted for fraud because she was collecting workers' comp benefits after claiming she had a broken toe. The California State Department of Insurance says Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed she broke her toe while working... more »
  • Police: Woman used dead sister's ID at hospital

    August 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    SLIDELL - Police arrested a Slidell woman after they said she used her dead sister's identity to get free medical attention. Detectives said Diondre Jones, 26, checked into Slidell Memorial Hospital under the name of her late sister, Delores Jones. Police said she also gave hospital staff her deceased... more »
  • Deputies accuse 3 of food stamp fraud

    August 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services. Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order... more »
  • Woman says neighbor stole her electricity check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman living in North Baton Rouge says she's the victim of electricity fraud. Michelle Williams owes more than $1,000 to Entergy. Bills she can't pay because of her fixed income. "Stressed and depressed. That about sums it up, stressed and depressed," she said about... more »
  • Another DCFS auditor pleads guilty

    June 20, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children Family Services has pleaded guilty in a fraud case that bilked the department of thousands in federal funds. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday in a news release that 38-year-old Kaneasha Goston, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Thursday... more »
  • Handyman nailed in fraud investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 41-year-old handyman and charged him with home improvement fraud and felony theft. Investigators say Marland Hunter, 41, accepted money up front for jobs he either only halfway completed or never fully started. Hunter was arrested last Friday in connection with a job he... more »
  • Man convicted of multi-million dollar Medicare fraud

    June 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office said a federal jury convicted a man behind a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme Thursday. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for Ahaoma Ohia, 60, on seven counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors said Ohia defrauded Medicare of several million... more »
  • Third DCFS auditor faces federal fraud charges

    June 12, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said a third DCFS auditor has been charged with federal program fraud on Thursday. Corey Polk, 33, allegedly signed off on fraudulent reimbursement requests and split the money with his supervisor. Polk is also accused of the fraudulent... more »
  • 9 charged in Zachary Medicaid fraud scheme

    June 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said on Monday they have charged nine people in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme. The charges come after the AG's Office said an audit of Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, revealed the company had improperly billed... more »
  • Local women among 15 sentenced for DCFS fraud

    June 9, 2014 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Individuals from Denham Springs and New Roads were among the 15 convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services. All of the convicted individuals were charged with falsely reporting household composition or income to... more »
  • Five accused of hurricane benefits fraud

    June 6, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested five people recently who are accused of using dead relatives or other false information to get public assistance following Hurricane Isaac in 2012. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Sarah Sonnier of Baton Rouge, 57-year-old Louvanna Pope of Baker, 55-year-old Juanita Russell... more »
  • Dancing hamster fraud

    June 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Disability fraud charges were filed against a man who played a dancing hamster in a Kia car commercial and who was a backup dancer for Madonna. The California Department of Insurance says Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation payments. Barnes is 27... more »
  • Olah formally sentenced for Powerhouse Gym fraud

    May 29, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge formally sentenced one of the organizers of the defunct Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge for their part in a fraud to get money for the business. District Judge James Brady sentenced Ronald Olah, 35, to eight months in a halfway house and two... more »
  • State police warn of phone scam

    May 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State troopers are cautioning the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the Louisiana State Police in an effort to obtain money from victims. An LSP spokesperson said citizens have complained of impersonators contacting them by name on their home or cell phones... more »
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    May 16, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly. The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for... more »
  • IRS paid at least $13B in improper tax credits

    May 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families. The agency's inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the... more »
  • New Orleans tax preparer arrested for fraud

    April 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $900,000 through the filing of false tax returns. The state Department of Revenue said Thursday that 28-year-old Kenshika Jiles was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on... more »
  • Some LSU campus McDonald's fraud refunds online

    April 10, 2014 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy says 3,900 former Louisiana State University students can get refunds online for money lost to employee fraud at a McDonald's on campus. He says LSU asked his department to help return the money to alumni and former students. Campus police said in March... more »
  • Federal charges added for DCFS director

    April 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice filed federal charges today against a DCFS audit director already facing state-level charges he misused department funds. U. S. Attorney Walt Green filed a bill of information to charge Delrice Augustus with federal program fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 10... more »
  • Multiple agencies investigating Port Allen voter fraud

    March 28, 2014 10:36 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office. The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Sheriff investigating possible voter fraud in Port Allen

    March 28, 2014 4:44 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Less than a week before voters head to the polls to elect a Mayor in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud, WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. ... more »
  • LSU reimbursing students affected by fast food scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police arrested four fast food workers recently in connection with a scheme to overcharge university students who paid for meals at the student union McDonald's with a school-issued card. Investigators said records showed at least $31,000 in overcharges were made while the scheme went on,... more »
  • State restricts where EBT purchases can be made

    March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state banned the use of EBT cards at various stores, mostly ones that do not primarily sell food and are mainly for amusement. "The rule is aimed at preventing electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transactions at specific types of stores, vendors and establishments which sell goods or... more »
  • Walking veteran called a fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mac McQuown walked to the steps of Capitol today, he expected to meet some friends, show his patriotism, and raise awareness about homeless veterans, but what he got was a confrontation with an angry veteran. "He's a fraud," said the man who did not want... more »
  • Investigators: man arrested for writing fraudulent insurance quotes

    February 28, 2014 11:37 PM

    SORRENTO- An insurance quote for the town's police force was fraudulent and the man who wrote it was arrested, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WBRZ News 2 Friday. Henry Beard, Jr. faces acts prohibited charges. Investigators said he kept doing insurance work, illegally, after he lost his... more »
  • More food stamp users disqualified after misuse check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13. The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
  • AG: Fraud cases difficult in food stamp misuse

    February 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says it would be hard to prosecute fraud cases against Louisiana residents who overspent food stamp limits during a computer crash last October. Caldwell said Friday there's no evidence of who presented the food stamp card, and he says no stores complained about the... more »
  • Zachary woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

    February 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. 36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency. The arrest came from a joint investigation involving... more »
  • Man arrested on 23 counts of tax fraud

    February 18, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An Alabama man has been arrested in Baton Rouge for filing false state income tax returns in Louisiana. Investigators say John Nikolakis received nearly $32,000 in refunds by filing false returns over the last four plus years. He faces 23 counts of filing false public... more »
  • Recruiting fraud

    February 4, 2014 7:16 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is investigating hundreds of soldiers and civilians for using a National Guard recruiting program to get illegal payments and kickbacks to the tune of $29-million and counting. Two Army generals briefed members of Congress about it on Tuesday. The program taken advantage of offered $2,000 to... more »
  • State interviewing food stamp's big spenders

    February 3, 2014 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Children and Family Services is interviewing people whose transactions were flagged after a glitch in the food stamp system allowed overspending in October. As many as 12,000 transactions are questionable and 500 questionnaires have been sent to the highest offenders a DCFS spokesperson said... more »
  • Vitter wants food stamp users to show ID

    January 15, 2014 10:55 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items. "Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
  • BP sues lawyer over oil spill claims

    December 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake. BP says the fraud... more »
  • DHH hires chief compliance officer

    December 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending. William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer. The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert... more »
  • Woman sentenced in Medicare fraud scheme

    October 11, 2013 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 51-year-old Plaquemine woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after admitting she led a $300,000 Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in prison terms for her mother and daughter. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Linda Jackson, no relation, into immediate... more »
  • Former legislator pleads guilty to tax fraud

    October 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today. Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
  • Five people charged with tax fraud in Baton Rouge area

    September 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Five people in the Baton Rouge area are being charged with tax fraud and identify theft totaling claims over more than $1.4 million. The charges come from an initiative by U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat stolen identify and... more »
  • Internal probe: No fraud at Ala. claims center

    August 26, 2013 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
  • Man arrested for fraud in oil spill claim

    August 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
  • Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money

    August 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
  • US gov't accuses BofA of civil fraud in bond sale

    August 6, 2013 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has accused Bank of America Corp. of civil fraud, saying the company failed to disclose risks and mislead investors in its sale of $850 million of mortgage bonds during 2008. The Justice Department filed a civil suit against the bank and two of its subsidiaries... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... more »
  • Claims chief vows to fight fraud

    July 17, 2013 12:04 AM

    HAMMOND- The chief of BP claims dealing with the oil spill of 2010 said he's committed to fighting fraud. A special hotline has been set-up for people to report potential fraud dealing with the disaster three years ago. "We will pay legitimate claims but we will not pay... more »
  • BP sets up anti-fraud hotline for spill claims

    July 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has... more »
  • Con artists targeting Entergy customers

    June 28, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Entergy is warning customers about a scam, where con artists are trying to trick people into thinking they are late in utility payments. The calls warn people they are late, and if they don't pay power will be disconnected within the hour. It's totally false, the... more »
  • AG: 2 caregivers arrested for Medicaid fraud

    June 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says two personal care attendants have been booked with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims. Caldwell said in a news release that 46-year-old Sybil M. Mashia, of Destrehan, surrendered on Thursday and 36-year-old Christi L. Moore, of Schriever, surrendered for arrest on... more »
  • Worker accused of blowing Medicaid money at casinos

    June 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a former Department of Health and Hospitals accountant today and accused her of stealing more than $1 million from the state Medicaid program, then blowing it at casinos. Investigators charged Deborah Crowder Loper, 46, with theft by fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office.... more »
  • Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

    May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge lawyer sentenced in fraud case

    May 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
  • Home improvement fraud arrest made

    May 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    PINEVILLE - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say a complaint from a homeowner has led to an arrest. . The homeowner contracted a Pineville man for repairs after the Christmas 2012 tornado damaged his home. Deputies tell The Town Talk 58-year-old Joe Jaime was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish... more »
  • Three accused of filing false Medicaid claims

    May 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with filing false Medicaid claims. Investigators said the three women, all personal care attendants, filed timesheets claiming they were working with Medicaid recipients at the same time they were actually working for another... more »
  • 89 charged in Medicare fraud busts in 8 cities

    May 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 people, including 11 in Louisiana, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning eight cities. Tuesday's announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder marks... more »
  • State Farm appeals Katrina fraud ruling

    May 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss.- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury's finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a new trial. The verdict came in April in... more »
  • Report: Felons, prisoners and overpayments in SNAP check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office. The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
  • Local woman sentenced in tax scheme

    April 19, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 59-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $117,000 in restitution for a tax scheme involving homebuyer credits. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says Brenda Matthews pleaded guilty in October to making false claims to... more »
  • Minister under investigation for fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2013 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pastor is under investigation for the way he runs an apartment complex which houses people with mental disabilities. Reginald Stewman faces possible jail time for IRS fraud, the Social Security Administration is looking into his business practices, and now the state is investigating if he's... more »
  • Man accused of selling bogus newspaper ads

    March 28, 2013 8:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT- A 61-year-old Minden man faces charges in at least six parishes and one Texas county in connection with an alleged scam that involved selling bogus newspaper ads. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says David Edward Dix is accused of going into several Caddo businesses and stating that he works... more »

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